U.Va. Sociologist to Discuss Her Book, 'Academically Adrift'

March 10, 2011 — University of Virginia sociologist Josipa Roksa, co-author of the book, "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campus," will give a talk on March 22 at 2 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Hall, Room 258.

Roksa, an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences, and co-author Richard Arum of New York University followed more than 2,300 undergraduate students at two dozen universities, and found that 45 percent "demonstrated no significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning and written communications during the first two years of college."

Since its release in January, their book has been discussed in venues such as The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and the most recent conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center, the talk is free and open to the public, but registration is requested via the website.

— By Anne Bromley

Media Contact

Anne E. Bromley

University News Associate Office of University Communications